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DNR set to launch new license sales system

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will move to a new, more technologically advanced system for selling hunting and fishing licenses, hunting applications and ORV and snowmobile permits online and at retail agent locations statewide. The new system will go live at noon ...

Local hockey team digs out fire hydrants

MARQUETTE — They can usually be found inside Lakeview Arena hard at work practicing, but on Jan. 28, the Marquette Junior Wildcats 12-under PeeWee A hockey team was hard at work in the snow. The kids were busy clearing the snow from the fire hydrants on Fair Avenue to Lakeview Arena from ...

First-ever Marquette Area Theatre Awards to take place Thursday

MARQUETTE — Get ready to waltz down the red carpet in support of Marquette County’s theater groups in the first of its kind award show that honors the roles played both on and off stage throughout last year. The Marquette Area Theatre Awards will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in ...

Century marked

MARQUETTE — While the start of 2020 brings new beginnings and ventures, it also marks 100 years of women’s suffrage. To celebrate the anniversary of women’s right to vote, the Marquette Regional History Center held an opening reception for their special exhibit “Vote and Be ...

Explosion, fire destroys Negaunee Township structure

NEGAUNEE — A structure in Negaunee Township caught on fire and exploded Thursday night. The Negaunee Township Fire Department responded to the scene at NeeJee Road in Negaunee at approximately 11 p.m. Upon fire officials arrival, the structure was already a complete loss, Marc Herring, ...

Green options considered

MARQUETTE — In an age when many residents share concerns about the environment and how our consumption of energy impacts it, the Michigan Public Service Commission is taking steps to ensure electric utilities are offering customers green options. The Michigan Public Service Commission issued ...

Michigan panel OKs $3.5B in borrowing for roads

LANSING — A state panel on Thursday authorized borrowing $3.5 billion to roughly double spending on Michigan road and bridge construction over five years, a step Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said is crucial to start quickly addressing crumbling infrastructure but not a long-term fix. The State ...

Fatal Sault Ste. Marie shooting subject of investigation

SAULT STE. MARIE — A Chippewa County man is dead following a shooting incident that happened early Thursday morning. The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office reported that just before midnight on Wednesday, a Chippewa County deputy sheriff came across a vehicle driving on the sidewalk off of ...

No more waiting: State to borrow $3.5 billion for roads

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday that Michigan will borrow $3.5 billion to rebuild the state’s deteriorating highways and bridges over five years, calling it a fiscally responsible move after the Republican-led Legislature rejected her proposed fuel tax hike. The ...

Address highlights

Other highlights from Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s second annual State of the State address: MATERNAL AND INFANT MORTALITY She said black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. She proposed expanding postpartum Medicaid coverage for ...

Position stated

MARQUETTE — Gun rights activists have been asking local governments throughout the country to declare their counties a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County,” with Marquette County included. Local activists asked the Marquette County Board of Commissioners at a meeting Jan. 4 to consider ...

Marijuana zoning reviewed

MARQUETTE — Since the legalization of adult-use recreational marijuana was approved by Michigan voters in November 2018, Marquette has been making strides to allow recreational marijuana establishments in the city; however, there are still a few concerns that need to be worked out. The ...

Winter survival tactics class to be held

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula is a playground for outdoor adventure, but the extreme changes in weather in the area can leave even seasoned explorers in dangerous situations. Michael Neiger and Todd Theoret of the Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue, the Marquette County Sheriff’s ...

The future of Shiras: MBLP board discusses demolition plans

MARQUETTE — Since the Shiras Steam Plant was officially retired in March after being placed in layup status in June 2018, the Marquette Board of Light and Power has been taking steps to demolish the building. The MBLP is looking at developing a demolition scope to see what would be the ...

Check your currency: ‘prop’ bills found locally

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Police Department is reminding everyone to check their paper currency for authenticity. An MPD Facebook post states the department “has received multiple complaints of counterfeit/fraudulent bills being passed in the city of Marquette. Most of the bills ...

Rental inspections to begin in March

NEGAUNEE — City officials in Negaunee will begin the process of inspecting each of the 350 rental units within its borders effective March 1 under the rental code adopted by the city council a year ago. The code applies to single-family dwellings, multiple-family dwellings, ...

Mitchell to chair Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees

MARQUETTE — Steve Mitchell of West Bloomfield, a 1967 Northern Michigan University graduate and a 1963 graduate of Ishpeming High School, was elected by his fellow board members to serve as chair of the NMU Board of Trustees for 2020. He will be joined by Tami Seavoy of Marquette as vice ...

Redmen name debate continues

MARQUETTE — The possible changing of Marquette Senior High School’s Redmen/Redette nicknames remains an ongoing and divisive issue. The Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education heard dozens of comments in favor of keeping, or discontinuing, the names at its regular meeting on ...